Aspen boys tennis looks to ’06
It’s a toss-up for Aspen High tennis coach Sherril Kerr.
After the Skiers recently wrapped up their season at the state tournament in Pueblo, Kerr couldn’t help but be excited about her team’s prospects for 2006. The Skiers return three seniors next season, the most notable of whom is No. 1 singles player Sean Chatellard ” one of four Aspen players to qualify for state this year.
At the same time, Kerr couldn’t help but feel sad after saying goodbye to the four senior pillars from this year’s team. Two of those seniors, Glenn Engelmann and Logan Taylor, finished their final prep seasons with appearances at state.
The other two seniors on this year’s squad were Aaron Cummins and Nathan Work.
“What I love was the leadership that our seniors showed,” Kerr said Wednesday. “They were all great leaders. Glen and Logan were also co-captains. They just really stepped up with this young team. I was just very pleased with how they encouraged the younger players.”
Engelmann, the No. 3 singles player for the Skiers, was eliminated from the state tournament after losing in three sets to Mullen’s Ben Wayne (6-7, 7-2, 6-0).
Taylor played on the No. 1 doubles team with freshman Cole Green-Smith. The duo lost its opening match at the state tournament to Cheyenne Mountain’s No. 2 singles team in two sets (6-0, 6-1).
Kerr noted that Green-Smith was one of only a handful of freshmen to qualify for this year’s 4A state tournament.
Cheyenne Mountain won the 4A state team title with ease ” the school’s 11th championship since 1992. The Indians’ 70 points were 30 more than runner-up Mullen. Kent Denver, which won team titles in 2003 and 2004, was third with 36 points.
Chatellard also lost his opening state match in the No. 1 singles bracket to Kent Denver’s Vincent Heguy (6-1, 2-6, 6-2).
Chatellard and Engelmann earned their state berths by finishing second at the regional tournament in Montrose.
Kerr said she was a little disappointed with her team’s regional showing because a number of her players lost matches to players they had previously beaten during the regular season.
“We were all disappointed,” the coach said. “Since you’ve already beaten people heading into those matches, you’re a little more confident. Then, when you don’t play as well as you should have, it’s frustrating.”
Engelmann finished the regular season with just one loss, to the No. 3 singles player from Steamboat Springs. Chatellard had only two losses all season before his losses at the regional tournament and at state.
Next season, Kerr will have to fill four holes the departing seniors leave. Along with Engelmann and Taylor, Cummins played at No. 2 doubles, and Work played at No. 4 doubles.
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